Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Person of Interest - SNAFU

The Machine may have been saved but it will take Finch (Michael Emerson) and his team the better part of an episode to work the kinks out of the system. "SNAFU" opens with a humorous scene involving The Machine's inability to correctly identify people through its facial recognition software (allowing the actors to step in each other's roles for a brief moment). Meanwhile, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) spend the episode chasing down numbers who aren't actually in any danger. The real trouble, however, comes when Harold's A.I. decides to classify Finch, Reese, and Root (Amy Acker) all as dangerous threats.

"SNAFU" deals primarily with perspective. Having difficult with both context and the concept of time, The Machine looks through its memory to properly identify those closest to it. Seeing countless examples violence from both Root and Reese, and multiple examples of Finch "murdering" previous versions of The Machine, it's conclusion is logical. Sending an assassin (Paige Patterson) after Reese may seem a little extreme, but The Machine is only attempting to follow the parameters Finch taught it years ago. Even with Finch reinstalled as Admin, it's obvious that The Machine is going to act differently this season. Whether that is ultimately good or bad for our team, or give it a fighting chance against Samaritan, is yet to be seen.

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